7 things only a chocolate lover would understand

It’s that time of the year

Your birthday is THE day when you do not think of added calories stocking up on your belly. You try to gulp all the chocolate that is possibly there on the planet coz people live to eat chocolates to be specific

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Chocolates- your favorite pastime

Your roomie is off for a vacation with her boyfriend and all you do is watch DDLJ and EAT CHOCOLATE!

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Breakup chocolate therapy

The only good thing about break up is that your friends let you eat as many chocolates as you want and they are the only rescue for your heartbreak!

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How Could You?

You meet this person who says he doesn’t love chocolates and just can’t stand these! You are shocked! You fail to understand why and how anybody can hate chocolates. I mean, that was supposed to be the only gift that god ever bestowed on mankind!

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Going out is easy

Going out with friends or family is easy since you exactly know where they could get nice chocolate desserts and they often give in to your choice.

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So what, everybody does that, isn’t it?

Your friends know what to gift you

Your friends always give you chocolates on your birthday, your partner gifts you chocolates on Valentine’s and your family brings chocolates whenever they visit you. It is easy for them to choose gifts for you. Coz everybody knows that you love chocolates!

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A bite?

Just if anybody, even your best friend asks you for a bite, this is what you feel

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The Art of Baking the Right Bread!

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Nothing can beat the aroma of home-baked bread loaf’s that takes your senses for a joyride. Baking the bread right is an art in itself where the baker can either win accolades or end up creating a disaster if the bread doesn’t deliver right.

One would surely agree that breads now have become an indispensable part of our Indian meals and is not just limited to breakfast. The availability of a variety of breads and the evolving Indian palate are responsible for this shift making breads consumable in any of our meals in the entire day.

The most common type of breads that we are used to; are the White breads available in different sizes and are found stacked up on shelf of Dairy booths and bakers in the vicinity. Here, we are not going to just talk about the regular breads and its baking method (although baking White bread is also an art) but we will try our hands on a variety of other bread forms such as French loafs, Garlic loafs, Multigrain buns and breads, whole wheat pizza bread and more.

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Making any bread-form requires patience and an expertise to bake it right so that the bread is neither too hard nor too moist that it breaks.  Unlike cooking, most bread’s are made by varying the amounts of four simple ingredients: flour, water, salt, and, of course, yeast. Yet the simplicity of these ingredients is complicated by the intricate science of the bread-baking process and by the fact that bakers must contend with an ingredient that is alive and sensitive to its environment.

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To make things right, the first step is to understand your ingredients better in creating the right mix which will set grounds for your loaf and other forms of breads to shape like the way you desire. At Nibs, though we follow the age old time consuming recipe of baking breads in a traditional way but in return we are sure of the delicious outcome which makes the breads perfect in taste.

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Like an artist, each step needs to be carefully monitored to complete the masterpiece. Right from the process of kneading to rising and controlling the temperature of the baking oven, each step takes its time. Now comes the creative part of punching and shaping the loaf which takes it finally to the baking process. Since past many years, we have, through dedicated practice of baking, we have mastered the art of making French loafs and a variety of Garlic and herbs loaf.

Opting for a healthier version, we are specialists in baking multigrain and whole wheat breads which are seen in our Sandwich breads, Whole wheat burger buns and even a whole wheat pizza base.

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Nibs Café and Bakers offers a variety of unique and bespoke in-house breads to choose from. Our breads include Jumbo White and Brown Bread, Multigrain Sandwich Bread, Whole Wheat Pizza Base, French Loaf, Garlic Loaf, Herbs and Garlic Loaf, Whole Wheat Loaf, Hot Dog Buns, Kulchas and more.

3 New Year’s Eve Dessert Recipes

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Hosting a party at your place and wish to experiment with the desserts you bake? We’ll help you figure out!

Here are the top 3 New Year’s Eve desserts to go for as they have been the most popular, the oldest and the all-time- tried & tested ways to woo your guests!

You are almost always sorted on the main course but always in a fix to choose the desserts! And when you are hosting a party, that too, a New Year’s Eve party for your friends, you need to know what their sweet tooth craves for. However, there are certain desserts that are just like the color black for the fashion lovers! Just as the color suits at every occasion and never gets shamed, similarly, these desserts never misfit @ any occasion!

Whether you are cooking/baking @ home or ordering from your favorite bakers, you gotta know what all must be the best options in desserts for a New Year’s Eve party.

  1. Mandarin Ice Cream

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Ingredients
2 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated mandarin zest, or tangerine or orange zest
2 teaspoons Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or other orange-flavored liqueur (optional)
3 cups mandarin juice (from about 3 pounds mandarins), or tangerine or orange juice

Preparation
Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves; let cool.
Whisk cooled syrup, mandarin zest, and liqueur if desired, into juice. Chill for at least 1 hour. Freeze in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s directions.

  1. New Year’s Eve Cupcakes

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What better way to ring in the New Year than with cupcakes? To decorate, simply mold Air Head candies into champagne bottles, flutes and streamers.

Directions

  1. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with jimmies. If necessary, microwave candies on high for 3- to 5-second intervals to soften. Form green candies into champagne bottles. Cut squares from white candies to form labels; press gently onto bottles to attach. Brush bottle tops with pearl dust.
  2. Shape white candy into champagne flutes. Cut thin strips of red candies; twist to form streamers. Decorate cupcakes with bottles, champagne flutes and streamers as desired. Store in an airtight container.
  1. Salted Caramel Brownies

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Ingredients
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
8 ounces plus 6 ounces Hershey’s semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 extra-large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, such as Nescafe
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 to 6 ounces good caramel sauce, such as Fran’s
2 to 3 teaspoons flaked sea salt, such as Maldon

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 x 12 x 1 1/2-inch baking pan.

Melt the butter, 8 ounces of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate together in a medium bowl set over simmering water. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature (see note below).

In a medium bowl, sift together 1/2 cup of the flour, the baking powder, and salt and add to the chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 6 ounces of chocolate chips and the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and add them to the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake!

As soon as the brownies are out of the oven, place the jar of caramel sauce without the lid in a microwave and heat just until it’s pourable. Stir until smooth. Drizzle the caramel evenly over the hot brownies and sprinkle with the sea salt. Cool completely and cut into 12 bars.

Still confused? Let us be the host for your party! here are some snapshots of our delicious desserts!

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Bake your Rum Cake for the Christmas Party

Hello our awesome readers!

We take this opportunity to share our heartiest wishes in advance on the occasion of Christmas. Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to all. Christmas time is the only time when we try to bake our very popular rum cake at home. This extremely delicious rum cake is the essence of Christmas celebrations. It’s indeed a perfect blend of bitter-sweet taste that leaves us craving for more every time we take a bite from that amazingly delicious cake.

The traditional fruit/plum cake is the cake that is most sought after by our dedicated customers at Nibs. Much ahead of our extremely popular cake mixing workshop, which is scheduled on 14th of this month, we bring you a pre-cursor to our cake recipe, exclusively for our blog readers.

Here we give you the secret recipe of our traditional rum cake which is a superhit since the very beginning. But, the ingredients quantity mentioned in the recipe is for about 30-35 people, which serves very conveniently a Christmas bash.

Recipe of Plum cake

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Serves a party of 50 people

Ingredients- First Set

1kg Maida

1 Kg Sugar

1 Kg Salted Butter

200 ml Vegetable Oil

200 gm jam (preferable Strawberry Jam)

100 gm milk powder

100 gm custard powder

20 gm baking powder

150 gm Cocoa Powder

Vanilla Essence (30ml)

Lemon, Pineapple, Orange, Butter (30 ml each)

25 ml Caramel

25 gm Garam Masala powder

Ingredients- Second Set

Fruit mixture to be made separately as it takes 7 days of soaking

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6kg candid orange peel

4kg cashews

4kg dates

2kg rasins

2kg black current

6kg dry petha

6kg tuti fruity

4 Bottles of Rum

2kgs Ginger

For Fruit Mixture

At normal room temperature, soak all the fruit ingredients listed above in rum and make sure the rum touches the surface of the container keeping it for a minimum 7 days. The container needs to be air-tight and fruits must be completely soaked into the mixture so that it absorbs the complete essence of rum and other ingredients.

Final mixing

Once the fruit mixture is ready, start mixing the ingredients mentioned in the first set one by one. Remember that a whisking is the most important part of the cake making. As much as the cake mixture is whisked properly, the cake will in return turn out to be deliciously exotic.

Baking

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Butter a 6×3-inch round pan or loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons rum.

It is always best to bake the cake and keep for two days and then serve it to enhance the taste of the cake.

For any further queries on the recipe please drop in comments so that we may help bake your own cake.

Importance of cakes in an Indian wedding

It’s that time of the year when you hear a lot of ‘shehnaais’ all over your city, there are traffic jams due to a ‘baraat’ dancing on the streets, art of lights that you see while you cross a marriage hall or a garden and whenever you visit your salon, there is atleast one bride-to-be or a bridal makeup keeping your stylist busy. Yes, it’s wedding season, that too, on its full swing!

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And we all know how our big fat Indian weddings are meant to be, and they are like that forever. But yes, times are changing. And we see a lot of modernization in the way we celebrate our weddings in India. You might think how? We’ll tell you. For instance, a couple of years ago, you saw a lot of sweets piling up at the wedding house, these days you see exquisite chocolates replacing it. On the wedding day, citing another example, you now see a new tradition which is the hottest attraction on the D-Day- The ‘Cake-cutting ceremony’.

You might have travelled all around the world and tried a variety of palatable desserts but the art of Indian sweet feeding just does not fade away. Indian weddings are the perfect example of sweets acting better than money keeping in mind the frequency with which they are exchanged. Till now, cakes were comfortably taken as birthday starters or anniversary kickoffs. Well, not anymore!

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Nowadays, cakes have slowly and very comfortably taken over as an indispensable part of D-Day ceremonies at the wedding and the bride and the groom wait anxiously for the ceremony since this is the only informal tradition where everybody celebrates the association of the two families in a very not-so-organized manner. Moreover, the wedding cakes are increasingly becoming extremely customized where there is a lot of thought that goes into while deciding the special cake for the duo. The entire activity in itself is a very fun-filled which wasn’t the case maybe a couple of years ago.

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The growing numbers of pastry chefs and connoisseurs in the field has helped cakes in our country go popular. If you think making cakes is no rocket science, well you are wrong unless you work with NASA or ISRO. Cakes nowadays, especially wedding cakes, are a work of art and are no less than a fine artist working for a master piece. You don’t get second chances, as the cake you just had in the last wedding you went into, was either amazing or pathetic!

At Nibs, this is something which we have mastered over a period of time. After manifesting an array of chocolate desserts and varieties to cater to weddings and individuals such as bride and groom, we feel the cake segment nowadays has an emotional sentiment attached. Families are now taking cakes very seriously and we say so with respect to the requests we get for wedding cakes. With the involvement of not just families but the bride and the groom themselves, cakes have now established a vital essence to be a part of our BIG FAT Indian weddings after all

Replace sweets with Cup Cakes for the year end festivities

It is that time of the year when festivities are at its peak. Post the grand festival of Diwali, there are still many festivities and occasions lined up for the year. And when we talk about festivities we talk about gifting and treats. Living in a country like ours, sweets are the perfect treat for celebrations.

What we see as a common practice or a protocol during the festive seasons is gifting those regular sweets from your nearest Bengali Sweets or buying a box of Cadbury’s which is quite a passé. We at Nibs believe in experimenting with sweets and we have always exhibited an extra sweet tooth for the sweet lovers. So if you are ready to experiment and surprise your family members and friends with a dish of your own this season we can help you to do so.

The answer is in preparation and innovation which you can do with something as basic as cakes. If you believe making cakes is a rocket science you are still living in the 18th century. At Nibs, we motivate and help home makers to be an expert in making delicacies that are not only amazing in taste but are also easy to make.

Coming straight from our master chef, we present to you recipes of making Cup Cakes easy and quick. Let’s begin with something that is very easy and yet a delight especially for kids in your family.

QUICK CHOCOLATE CUP CAKE RECIPE: This super speedy cupcake recipe is perfect for when you’re in a hurry. Pop them in the oven and you’ll have a yummy treat that’s ready to be served in just 20 minutes

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Serving Size:

18

Prep Time:

10 mins

 Cook Time:

20 mins

 Ingredients:

  • 100g butter
  • 2/3 cup (195g) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

 Chocolate butter cream frosting

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups (195g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp cocoa, sifted
  • 1 tbsp milk

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line cupcake tins with cases.

Using a mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy and fluffy. Gradually add eggs and mix until just combined.

Combine flour, cocoa and bicarbonate soda. Add to creamed mixture with milk. Beat until just combined.

Spoon mixture into liners until each case is one-third full. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

To make the chocolate butter cream:

Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar and cocoa and combine well. Beat in milk until mixture is fluffy.

Cup cakes can be the perfect sweet for this season. You can make a variety of cup cakes depending on your taste and the guests that you want to cater to. They are extremely handy and easy to eat and distribute as well. Also, making cup cakes will definitely make you popular amongst children. 🙂

Now, If you want to try your hands on something which is a tad more detailed, we have something for you that can be made with ease but requires some precise baking while you are making these cup cakes.

BANANA CUPCAKES WITH HONEY CREAM RECIPE:

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Serving Size:

16 cupcakes

 Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mashed bananas ( approx. 4 medium bananas)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

 Frosting 

  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/4 cup pure icing sugar

 Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C (fan forced).

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt and with a fork, mix together until all combined, create a well in the centre.

Add the melted butter, eggs, banana and vanilla essence.

Stir through with fork until well combined.

Fill muffin pans with your cupcake papers, then spoon in the mixture until it reaches approx the half full.

Place in oven for 12-18 minutes until golden brown on top. Leave to cool.

To make the frosting, mix all ingredients together for about 5 minutes with an electric mixer, until they become silky and pale. Fill a ziplock bag with a corner cut off – or if you wish to ice freehand with a knife – and cover the cupcake with a swirl of honey cream.

These cupcakes can be the ideal dessert or even a post dinner snack. Enjoy the festivities this season with a cupcake smile. Do leave your precious comments and also let us know if you have any cupcake recipe of your own. Drop in at Nibs Café anytime and share what you think of us.